The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2016
Dec16

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2016

#50 M Ross Perkins M Ross Perkins SofaBurn Records [2016] It was a good year for Dayton, Ohio native M. Ross Perkins. He had a track premiered by the High Times website, an album feature/stream on AllMusic, and recorded both his own solo album and a record with fellow Daytonians Me Time. His self-titled record pulls from a well of influences that include the obvious (The Beatles, CSNY, The Beach Boys) and not-so-obvious (Harry...

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The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2015
Dec21

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2015

#50 Radioactivity Silent Kill Dirtnap Records [2015] Punk rock has been getting a bad rap over the last decade or so for not being creative, fresh or even fun. What once was a thriving genre, especially on college radio, is now one of the harder styles to find reliable information on. I like to think TFN still can steer you to the punk promise land from time to time and today it is all about the sophomore album from Radioactivity....

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The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2014
Dec18

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2014

#50 The Safes Record Heat Wee Rock Records [2014] #50 is one of the hardest positions to select because there are plenty of albums that just missed the list. What made Chicago’s The Safes stand out is their solid 60’s style garage power pop on Record Heat that had us from the first strum. The band is truly under the radar on the DIY label Wee Rock out of Springfield, Missouri. This type of record is the reason The Fire Note...

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The Fire Note Honorable Mention Albums of 2014
Dec15

The Fire Note Honorable Mention Albums of 2014

We will admit that we are only human. 2014 flew by and as always there were plenty of albums that never hit our review page that should have been included in our upcoming Blazing Top 50 but missed the mark for some reason. There are several reasons (excuses) for records not making the final cut such as reissued albums, live records and just several albums that never hit the review page due to understaffing! With that said, here are...

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The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2013
Dec20

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2013

#50 Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister Slumberland Records [2013] Boy/girl vocals, teenage angst, noise pop, loud guitars, high energy, feedback and double time drums are just some of the great rock n roll moments you will hear on the debut from the Cardiff-based five piece named Joanna Gruesome. It is this type of effort that makes Weird Sister such an engaging record as Joanna Gruesome gives you a solid 28 minutes of diverse music that...

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The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2012
Dec21

The Blazing Top 50 Albums of 2012

#50 Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy Barsuk Records [2012] The combining of Nada Surf’s focus with their high spirits made The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy one of the most optimistic records the band has released to date. The same confidence that has been with band over the years felt even stronger here as the group seems to be at peace with their indie rock status. “When I Was Young” was a track that...

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